Hangouts is the common term narrated by the youth today and many parents must be aware of it. To me, when my daughter says hangout, it means my purse is going to weigh a lot lighter soon. But the necessity of it could not be overlooked because friends move in different directions after school and the close-knit group wait for common holidays to meet each other and the enthusiasm is contagious. If it is just a small group, they do meet at home but then it is not all that comfy for them and if the group is slightly bigger then they start looking out for places where they can eat and spend time together. Youngsters have limitations with their pocket money and many times they are forced to find a place to meet and greet because they have no other option but to spend more.
Today’s visit to the Wai Wai City Noodle Bar in Highway Food Street on 100 feet road made it clear that it is a blessing for these children. It is value for money good quality food in an air-conditioned environment in a central easy to reach location, with all the Ts of a real hangout place. This is the first quick serve restaurant of Wai Wai City Noodle bar in Tamilnadu. A decent menu certainly not the tiring book of items, but has starters, main course, beverages, and a dessert. In starters, we have both veg and non-veg options. In noodles, Vegetarians have an edge here as non-veg items are an add-on. If you believe in your culinary expertise, you can also choose to prepare your own noodles.
Barbecues (BBQ) is not a home term for vegetarians as it is involves grilling, roasting applicable more on non-vegetarian dishes. So we thought until we made a visit to the newly opened restaurant, Absolute Barbecues at Taramani, Chennai. We heard a lot about AB’s earlier and did not attempt with the thought that as vegetarians, we may not have many options. Absolute Barbecues proved us wrong – we had a range of starters and an interesting tasty vegetarian menu. For the comfort of vegetarians, separate section for preparing the dishes and even the crockery is distinguished by color red, green for vegetarians and Red for non-vegetarians. Another aspect is there was no heavy aroma in the restaurant that tends to put you off. Now to the menu –
Rajdhani is a vegetarian thali restaurant serving meals with Gujarati and Rajasthani dishes. It is known as a Khandhani restaurant where food recipes are collected from villages just like our grandma recipes and then is explored in the kitchen by Maharaja (Master Chef) for volume production and then gets introduced in the menu. We were invited to taste the special dishes to be introduced this season, Mango specials. It was awesome spread of dishes made of raw and ripe mangoes and the Maharaja stood next to us and explained the dishes and its ingredients in the way we could understand. These special dishes would be rotated to the customers as the part of the regular thali during this season.
If you are wondering about the reach of mango in the cuisine, you are in for a surprise. Right from salad to dessert, mango is there in each and their inclusion in the dish is so natural that we do not feel it as an obstruction to the flavor of the dish, in fact in many cases, it enhanced the flavor of the dish – one of it is the mango jalebi.
One of these days, a friend of mine from abroad told me about her longing for a traditional Tamil Vegetarian meal served in plantain leaf with the impact of whiff of freshness on a hungry stomach. It made me contemplate on the meals we had of late where we felt it was just awesome, the contentment of having it full stomach, relishing the lingering food taste in the mouth and longing for more. Surprising to me, I had to think a lot to locate few and yet the feeling of absolute satisfaction was really missing. It almost became like a craving as we started getting feelers on food around the area from various people. Two places came close to what we wanted from the recommendations we got and one was Andhi Kadai, Velachery and other was Durga Nivas, Nanganallur. Since we were near Velachery, we decided to try out Andhi Kadai.
Sree Gupta Bhavan, popularly known as ‘Loiee’ has opened their outlet and restaurant at 100 feet road, Velachery next to Sangeetha Restaurant , opp to Subway. It was quite a talk around our area, we decided to check the restaurant out for dinner on a Sunday. It was just 2 days old when we visited the restaurant. The restaurant was brightly lit and buzzing with activity. Ground floor is dedicated to Chaat and sweets counter and more like a fast food joint. First floor is the restaurant and was almost full with people waiting. Surprised at the reception this restaurant has got in an area filled with restaurants every few steps.
Westin, Velachery, Chennai is running a Rajasthani Food Festival and we were invited to taste the food and share our experience here. Rajasthani Food Festival did not ring much bells in our foodie palate as we always associated it with dry desert region. Curious to know what is in store, we went for the buffet and were stunned at the lavish spread. We were left wondering if we would be in a position to taste (at the least) all of them. Buffet was categorized as starters, main course, salad counter, chat counter and dessert counter.
We are back on the restaurant journey and this time it is to a 2 month old restaurant Tasteation in Tharamani. It is strategically located In the Tharamani link road opposite TCS in Ramagiri extension. It is in the ground floor of Velacity, deluxe service apartments. This is a fresh breathe of air for pure vegetarians living in and around Tharamani as this place lacks a hep Global cuisine Vegetarian restaurant. So on a beautiful sunny day, we decided to check out this restaurant and its offerings. It is located on the lane that turns from the Taramani Velachery main road. Since the Restaurant is part of the service apartments, the entry to it is through the Service apartment entrance. The entrance is not a typical one and can be quite misleading but once inside, a nice restaurant unfolds in decor and presentation.
Ours is an experience of a different kind, a craving to indulge in something exquisite. Our shopping spree in a mall is a combination of shopping necessities, would be programs of shopping and window shopping. There is one more new term we coined to add to the mall event, window slurping. With mall culture catching up, real estate inside it has become too pricey and so many cafe, juice lounges find a place to put a kiosk in the open areas in the mall to cater to the elite shopping crowd. Now with the cinema theatres finding their way into the malls, people from all walks of life find the mall interesting as a hangout. Coming to the main topic, window slurping taken after window shopping is having a look at those upmarket food brand kiosks with exclusive menu items and whopping price tags and the people having a go at it. Pricey restaurants always get a visit when there is a celebration and it is a way we made sure our window slurping is converted to yummy tummy without those pangs of guilt.
Chennai Focus wanted to try out a Punjabi Restaurant, Pind as we came across too any good reviews and wanted to try it out. Pind is a pure-vegetarian Punjabi restaurant located at Velachery, Chennai.
Ambience : It looked like a Dhaba themed restaurant with the bamboo/cane chairs and tables (Moda) that you find in Dhabas. Wall Paintings signifying Country life was also seen in the place we sat. We were not happy about the lighting. It was dimly lit and we could not even read the menu card and had to take the help of our mobile torch. Much with the trend now, they have a live Mocktail counter.
The Chennai corporation has proposed to lay concrete on prominent city roads using a “white topping” technology which will extend the lifespan of these roads by up to two decades. Problems of potholes, wear and tear, erosion and skidding can be avoided thanks to the technology. “The corporation has roped in the Cement Manufacturers Association to execute the trial project.
With the government finalising the five developers in the initial stage of the tendering process, the monorail project has been put on the fast track. With the project gaining momentum, we have the Monorail Corridor explained here..
Of the three proposed corridors, the first stretch — Vandalur to Velachery (23 km) — will have 14 stations, 12 stations will come up along the Poonamallee – Vadapalani stretch (18 km) and 11 along the third corridor — Poonamallee to Kathipara junction (16 km).
While the proposed three corridors will have a total of 37 stations on paper, in reality it will be 34 as the monorails running between Poonamallee and Kathipara and Poonamallee to Vadapalani stretches will be halting at two common stations (Karayanchavadi and Kumananchavadi besides the source station Poonamallee).
Depots for the monorails would be at Vadapalani and Poonamallee stations where trains can be berthed, serviced and repaired.
The Kathipara station will boast of the multi-modal transport system with the monorail integrating with MRTS, Metro Rail, and EMU service.
Chennai’s shopping landscape is set to change with a sprawling two million-square feet mall coming up near Guru Nanak College in Velachery.
Mumbai-based mall developer Phoenix Mills, which is promoting the shopping plaza – christened Chennai Market City – said at that size it would be the biggest mall in the city, toppling Express Avenue, which has a built-up space of less than one million square feet.
Phoenix Mills CEO Shishir Shrivastava said Chennai Market City would house a mall, an apartment complex and perhaps a luxury hotel too. The mall will also have an exclusive wing for luxury shopping with international brands, making it the second mall in India after Mumbai’s High Street Phoenix to have such a zone.